Assessing the best performing 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League team in Malaysia so far

By Azmin Mohd Khalib 10 November 2017 2299
Assessing the best performing 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League team in Malaysia so far
With the Premier League on international break this week, let’s take a look at Chokie Meonk FC, the best performing Fantasy Premier League team in Malaysia right now, and see what we can learn from the fantasy manager, Ven Daddz.
Here are some quick notes about him and his team:
- He is currently ranked 57th in the world.

- He has been in the top 100 since Gameweek 7, peaking at 28th in Gameweek 9.

- He has not taken any transfer penalty and his wildcard remains unused.

- He has used one chip, the triple captaincy, on Sergio Aguero in Gameweek 6, netting 33 points.

- He has kept 10 players since the start of the season: David De Gea, Artur Boruc, Paul Pogba, Nacho Monreal, Kevin De Bruyne, Dele Alli, Darren Fletcher, Etienne Capoue, Antonio Valencia and Leighton Baines.

- He might be a Manchester United fan (he has not joined the Manchester United public league to confirm it) because he has kept Pogba throughout his injury and had Valencia and De Gea since Gameweek 1. Furthermore, he has never bought any Liverpool player, despite none of them being above the 10m price mark and Mohamed Salah’s form bursting at the seams.
This is his current team:

Firstly, Ven Daddz plays a very patient game and is not prone to hasty decisions. For instance, he has had problems with some of his cheaper players, with the likes of Artur Boruc, Etienne Capoue and Darren Fletcher all failing to make much impact, but he remains a very patient player, not making knee jerk transfer reactions to deal with them. 

As a result, he has also avoided taking hits in transfers. It will be interesting to see when he will finally use his wildcard. It will most likely be in December, when the rotations start going wild, unless multiple injuries (more than two) force his hand.

Ven Daddz prioritises a strong backline, as evidenced by his relatively expensive defenders together with De Gea, which means he can only field two premium attackers at most instead of three, but that has clearly worked out for him. He has also kept a core group of players, content to rotate a maximum of five players, relying extensively on his bench to make up any absences.

He also prioritises fixtures over form, as evidenced by his action in Gameweek 5.

Alvaro Morata was the best scoring player heading into the gameweek, but with Chelsea facing Arsenal, he opted to swap the Spaniard for Sergio Aguero, whose team were facing Watford away, and was promptly rewarded with a staggering 40 points with the captaincy on the City star.

At the same time, he also sold off Peter Crouch for Tomer Hemed, which would later show his remarkable level of patience again. The Israeli forward managed to score for Huddersfield in Gameweek 6, but was then then suspended for three matches after being found guilty of stamping on DeAndre Yedlin. Despite that, he has kept Hemed for five matches running even though the forward was suspended for three and benched for two.

Heading into Gameweek 12, despite Christopher Schindler’s suspension, Ven Daddz's team is set to get stronger with Pogba's potential return from injury, while Alli should start in the London derby against Arsenal. This should give Ven Daddz enough time to deal with other issues, should he so choose, such as Schindler’s suspension or any transfers motivated by fixtures.
Will his policy of patience, stability and a strong defence keep him ahead of other fantasy managers in Malaysia come the end of the season? We’ll see.

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